Parkland Wins Half of D Magazine’s Excellence in Nursing Awards

Parkland Health & Hospital System had a record number of nurses that were honored with Excellence in Nursing Awards this year from D Magazine. The system had 45 nurses on the list, which included 91 winners overall. The awards, which came out in February, are based on submissions by physicians, nurses, and patients in the area. “We are extremely proud to have 45 of our nurses recognized for their extraordinary compassion and dedication to our patients,” said Karen Watts, executive vice president and chief nursing officer at Parkland, in a statement that went out this week. “Their hard work exemplifies… Full Story

Report: The Nursing Shortage Is Hitting Texas Hard

A new report says Texas is among the states most severely hit by the nursing shortage. Moody’s Investors Service says the issue is most prevalent in Florida, Georgia, Texas, and California, where growing and aging populations are combining with low numbers of new nurses entering the workforce. The report’s overarching finding is that not-for-profit hospitals are seeing “extreme” nursing shortages that could impact expenses and contribute to personnel issues for at least three to four more years. It’s a supply and demand issue, and it’s led hospitals to up pay, add sign-on bonuses, and attach fringe benefits, hence the crunch on… Full Story

Parkland Program for Correctional Health Nurses is First of its Kind

Parkland is creating highly-skilled nurses fit specifically for the world of correctional health with a 12-week course the hospital says is the only one like it in the country. The Correctional Health Nursing Residency program, offered through Parkland’s Clinical Education department, combines classroom instruction and clinical experience with a mentor. It’s offered twice a year and trains nurses on the full spectrum of correctional health, from juvenile services to psychiatric services. Parkland took over healthcare for inmates at the Dallas County Jail in 2006. Dallas County Sheriffs Deputies are always on hand when patients are being treated, and very few… Full Story

Medical City Alliance Names New Chief Nursing Officer

Medical City Alliance has named Dean Miller as its new chief nursing officer. Miller, who starts Dec. 11, succeeds Judith Messer, who recently accepted the chief nursing officer position with Wesley Medical Center in Wichita, Kansas. (Wesley Medical, like Medical City, is owned by HCA.) Miller’s experience includes 12 years in healthcare, developing service lines and establishing patient, physician, and employee relationships. A registered nurse, he joined Medical City Healthcare in 2010 as director of ICU at Medical City Arlington. He’s also served as associate vice president of critical care services and associate chief nursing officer at Medical City Denton.… Full Story

Edgemere Health Services Moves Into Second Phase of Expansion, Renovation Project

Edgemere, a Senior Quality Lifestyles Corp.-sponsored retirement community, is moving into the second phase of construction on its $36 million expansion and renovation project. The second phase will focus on building additional homes and suites and updating amenities in Edgemere’s health services neighborhood, The Plaza, in Preston Hollow in the Park Cities. Full Story

D Magazine Wants You To Nominate the Region’s Best Nurses

There are jobs, and then there are callings. Some people are just born with the gift of caregiving, and through their gifts, they make our city a better place to live. The 2017 Excellence in Nursing awards is your opportunity to publicly recognize a nurse you see healing North Texas with skill and spirit. Full Story